It's Saints alive as Oakworth are beaten

Ingrow St John's' Babar Khan is caught by Oakworth wicket-keeper Simon Howell

Babar Khan hits out for Ingorw St John's

Oakworth bowler Matt House shows his frustration

Steve Filkin was Oakworth's most successful bowler with 3-39

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Ingrow St John's have breathed new life into the Mewies Solicitors Craven League Division One title chase.

On a day when nine of the 30 scheduled matches in the league were either conceded or abandoned, Saints won the top-of-the-table clash against Oakworth by 117 runs.

Asked to bat, hosts Ingrow St John’s rattled up 219, with Omar Khatab top-scoring with 66 as Steve Filkin took 3-39.

Only Gareth Marshall (42) offered much resistance as the leaders tumbled for 102, Nadeem Zaman taking 4-16.

The gap between the two is now just one point, with Barrowford a further eight points behind in third with three matches remaining.

Fourth-placed Bingley Congs came unstuck at Haworth. The Beckfoot Lane side stuttered to 110, with Andrew Copping making 33 as Richard Ellis took 4-49 and Damian Rowell 3-32.

In reply, Jamie Rowell (61no) and Peter Gower (24no) took the home side to a ten-wicket victory in the 35th over.

Embsay entertained Riddlesden and bowled them out for 151 after having them 35-5 and 88-8, Mohammed Gulnawaz (40) leading the tail-wagging as Haroon Ali finished with 5-53.

David Wellock (40) and Morgan Davies (30) were the main contributors for the Shires Lane side, who reached their target in the 39th over for the loss of five wickets.

Thornton’s battle to avoid demotion continued when they saw off already-relegated Cowling by five wickets at Booth Bridge Lane. The Coliseum side posted 170-5, with Martyn Dalby scoring 99, dismissed with two balls of the innings to go. The home side reached the winning post in the 39th over.

It is beginning to look like a two-horse race in Division Two as Chatburn and Sutton pull clear of the pack.

Chatburn were in a mean mood at Ingrow, shooting out their hosts out for 128, with Mark Price making 41, before the red-rose side triumphed by eight wickets.

Rob Walker (6-43) had Glusburn back in the hut for 97, of which Matthew Lloyd scored 49, visitors Sutton strolling home by six wickets.

Hepworth & Idle are hanging on to the coat-tails of Sandy Lane as they try to stay in the division.

At Bradley, the newcomers made 179-8, with Craig Green scoring 41 and Tim Shackleton 30 as James Heseltine claimed 4-31. The Matthew Lane side could only reply with 146 as Casper Bean made 34 and Green took 5-34.

There was a high scoring game at Denholme, where the hosts plundered a massive 292-4, with Ben Burkill scoring a superb 108, Joe Greenwood 62 and Matty Wear 48 not out.

Sandy Lane made a decent fist of their reply with 238, Muhammed Ulfat hitting 86 and Matthew Dennison 68 as Burkill claimed 4-69.

Gargrave have been crowned champions of Division Three without bowling a ball as Thornton in Craven II conceded the match. 

Ingrow St John’s II are ten points adrift, despite beating previous second-placed team Skipton CI by two wickets. Martin Seward (58) helped CI to 158 before the Saints cantered home in the 41st over.

Airedale beat Wilsden II by eight wickets at Windy Grove. The home side were dismissed for 73 and then Matthew Cox made 53 not out to take the Bradford Road side to the spoils.

Haworth Road II were restricted to 132 at home to Haworth West End. Andy Benfield took 6-53 and Corey Benfield 4-70 as Wajid Mahmood top-scored with 36. The Bronte side were then knocked over for 110, with Shahid Mahmood taking 5-25.

Cononley entertained Bradford & Bingley III, who made 190-6, led by Andy Dobson (83) and Tim Carrow (58).

The top three of the home side - Charles Calvert (58), Herbie Starkey (44) and Andrew Starkey (52) - set their side well on their way. However a bit of a stutter saw them lose wickets before holding their nerve to get home by three wickets with seven balls to spare.

Pendle Forest v Embsay II was abandoned.

Riddlesden II enjoy a three-point lead at the top of Division Four, following their victory over Glusburn II and second-placed Denholme II's defeat at Airedale II.

Imran Mehban (4-16) and Dan Spencer (4-32) hustled Glusburn II out for 64 at Grange Road, and then knocked off the runs with three wickets down.

Denholme II were dismissed for 67 at Bradford Road, Nick Ahad (49) leading Airedale II to the spoils by five wickets.

Hepworth & Idle II entertained Oakworth III and beat them by three wickets in a high-scoring game, which moves them into second spot.

The Bronte Field side made 186, with Ben Fothergill hitting 84 as Garry Orrell claimed 6-33. For the Westfield Laners, Martin McCully scored 56 not out and Dave McDermott 53 as Alan Fothergill took 4-51.

Eldwick & Gilstead had to concede their game with Ingrow II when they couldn’t find an alternative field to Wagon Lane, which was unavailable because of Bingley Music Live.

Crossflatts II also conceded their game against Foulridge II, but this time because they had no players.

Haworth II just held out and claimed the points in a low-scoring game at Bingley Congs II.

Dave Walsh took 5-14 as the Beckfoot Lane side were dismissed for 59 and then the Bronte side snuck home by two wickets, despite the best efforts of Michael Baines (5-11).

Chatburn II top Division Five by five points from Sutton II, and entertained Cononley II, who made hard work of reaching 57 in the 37th over, Antony Radley top-scoring with 21. The red-rose side cantered home by six wickets in the 17th over.

Sutton II leap-frog Gargrave II after winning a thrilling game by one wicket at Royd Hill.

The visitors were restricted to 89, with Tony Boreham making 22 and 'Mr Extras' 18 as Tony Walton took 4-21 and Kane Booker 3-28.

At one point, the hosts were 57-8. However, a bit of tail-wagging, led by James Bannister (20no) got them home in the 38th over.

Bradley II beat Cowling II, Sandy Lane II conceded to Skipton CI II and Haworth WE II conceded to Long Lee II.

Officials and players are reminded that play starts at 1.30pm for the next two weekends and 1pm for the last week.

 

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